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Classical fingerpicking ukulele videos

29 2010

Today’s post will focus on fingerstyle or classical ukulele with beautiful playing from Herman Vandecauter, Wilfried WeltiJosh Skaja and Ken Middleton.

Check out the end of this post to find out about the latest releases of classical style ukulele ebooks.

Herman Vandecauter from Belgium performs Paisanne, a piece by Silvius Leopold Weiss and treats us with a slide show of nice ukulele pictures and cunning photo montages.

Wilfried Welti from Germany plays Sí Bheag, Sí Mhór, the first composition by Turlough O’Carolan on his Glyph soprano ukulele.

Josh Skaja from Tall Grass Ukes in the United-States plays John King‘s arrangement of Gloria. It is great to hear such lovely performances of John King‘s arrangements as John is sorely missed in the classical ukulele world.

New fingerstyle ebooks released :

Ken Middleton has released a new ebook entitled 12 Hymn Tunes for Ukulele. The hymn tunes featured included Abide With Me, Amazing Grace, Away In A Manger and nine others, all very neatly laid out with explanations on the ukulele techniques used. You can purchase the ebook on Ken’s website.

Listen to Ken performing his arrangement of Abide With Me :

Jamie Holding has released 2 new ebooks, one ebook aimed at beginners in classical ukulele, entitled 20 melodies, featuring 20 one-line melodies from famous British composers such as Campion, Purcell, Dowland and Rosseter. The book can be purchased from Jamie’s website.

The other ebook consists of 5 arrangements of pieces by John Dowland and one piece (Pavana) by Gaspar Sanz. It is entitled John Dowland – 5 pieces. Purchase the ebook from Jamie’s website.

I have been asked several times when Rob MacKillop‘s ebooks will be published by Mel Bay so I will update this post as soon as I find out.


  1. herman vandecauter on the 30th of December 2010 @ 11:47

    Sí Bheag, Sí Mhór is also very nice!

  2. Armelle Europe on the 30th of December 2010 @ 12:01

    Herman: I agree. You can really trust Wilfried to make any piece sound beautiful on the ukulele and he has really tamed his Glyph now.

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